Graduation Commencement Ceremony
Friday, June 15, 2018, 6:00 pm
Tumwater Stadium

» News Release, June 6, 2018: Congratulations Class of 2018

South Puget Sound Community College’s 2018 Graduation Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, June 15, at 6:00 pm at Tumwater High School and Tumwater Stadium, 700 Israel Road SW, Tumwater WA 98501. Tickets are not required. Most seating is covered. Arrive early for best parking. Parking is available on Dennis Street and surrounding neighborhood streets, if Tumwater High School Parking Lot is full.


Graduates are requested to register for commencement online by completing the Commencement Registration form. Please note: Registering for the ceremony is not a reservation for guest seating.

Be sure to submit a Graduation Application for each degree or certificate you are earning. If you submit a graduation application by April 30, your name will be listed in the Commencement Program List. If you apply after April 30, you can still participate in the Ceremony and your name will be read during the Ceremony but it will not appear in the Commencement Program.

Students earning two-year degrees are eligible to receive Graduation High and Highest Honors, which may be listed in the Commencement Program.  (Certificate-only students are not eligible for Graduation honors). Honors are based on overall College Level Grade Point Average. Honors are as follows: 3.75-3.89 GPA High Honor earns Silver Cord; 3.9-4.0 GPA Highest Honor earns White Cord. Students receiving honors will receive information from Enrollment Services regarding picking up honor cords.

Graduation Cap and Gown

Graduation cap and gown, tassel and regalia are sold at the Bookstore.

All graduates participating in the Commencement Ceremony will wear the traditional cap and gown. Student regalia has arrived and is currently for sale during April, May, and June in the SPSCC Bookstore, located in the Student Union Building (SUB), Building 27.

Prices for a cap, gown and tassel are $41.98, Running Start Cords are $14.98, extra caps are $7.98, and extra tassels are $6.98. Purchase early for proper size and fit. The Bookstore no longer has info regarding graduation announcement orders. The Bookstore does have handouts about diploma frame orders, but does not carry stock in the store.

Graduate Check-In at Ceremony

Graduates are required to check-in before the ceremony beginning at 4:30 pm, which will take place in the THS Gym. Graduates, please check-in at the Tables to pick-up your Name/Degree/Certificate Cards. Check-in is between 4:30 to 5:30. Line-Up for the Ceremony will begin at 5:30 pm. The Ceremony begins at 6:00 pm.


Staff members will help graduates line up for the processional. Plan to take all items with you to the Ceremony and do not leave personal items behind. Cap tassels should be worn on the right side of your cap. Graduates will receive further instructions when checking in for their name cards and ushers will provide direction throughout the ceremony.


The ceremony begins at 6:00 pm and traditionally lasts just under two hours (ending approximately 7:45 pm).  Once the platform party has exited and the ceremony has officially concluded, you may greet your guests.

Sign language interpreters will be present during the ceremony.


Professional photographers will offer individual sessions from approximately 3:30 to 5:00 pm. They will also take a photo of each graduate crossing the stage and will send an email to students’ SPSCC email with information for ordering photographs online.

Televised Ceremony

The ceremony will be recorded by TCTV.  A schedule of viewing times will be available at:


Tumwater High School and Tumwater Stadium, (360) 709-7600
700 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA 98501
From I-5, take exit 101 (Tumwater Boulevard). Go East on Tumwater Blvd. Turn left onto Linderson Street. Tumwater High School is on the corner of Linderson and Israel. To get to the Stadium parking lot, turn right on Israel then left before the softball fields.

Tumwater High School Google Map


Graduation Disclaimer: Participation in the ceremony is optional and is not an official verification of graduation requirements. Grades have not been posted at the time of the ceremony and some students may have remaining class requirements.